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Thu, 07-05-2007 - 11:18pm

I have four boys ages: 8 1/2, 7, 4 1/2, and 2. My third son got a PDD-NOS diagnosis almost two years ago. It has been very difficult as he seems to run the house and his mood would dictate what the rest of the family would do. In April I took him to a ped psychiatrist who diagnosed him as having anxiety (guessed that one) and OCD tendencies. He was put on Zoloft and Risperdal which has changed all our lives. He can actually focus on things and sit in a chair for longer than 30 seconds. Most people now have no idea that he is/was ever on the spectrum.
His teacher chased me down the hall a week after we started his new meds and demanded to know what we were doing differently at home because "He is just like any other child in the class now!"
I am wondering if anyone else has a child on these meds and how they are doing. We have noticed some downs (few) and many, many ups since he started. The good how definietly outweighed the bad.
If anyone has any long-term insight I would love to hear.

Our fourth son also has a genetic condition but we don't think that the two are related in their delays although we are having more tests run to be certain.

Thanks!

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Registered: 11-28-2006
In reply to: ksfarns
Thu, 07-12-2007 - 9:49pm

Welcome!

I finally decided to put my son on Risperdal and Prozac because he was getting bigger and older and I was worried that the rages would land him in jail by the time he was a teen. I also just couldn't take it anymore. He'd been raging since he was 3 and he just turned 11 last march. He's been on these meds for about 2 months and my god, he is truely a different kid!

Lainie

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Registered: 04-28-2007
In reply to: ksfarns
Thu, 07-12-2007 - 9:33pm

Hi there,

my ds (7) has been on many meds, but it was the combo of risperdal and focalin (adhd med) that has seen a huge change. I agree with you when you suggest his moods dicated the houses daily goings on, lol;) Now he can focus for more than a few seconds and isn't raging out of control all the time, life is well.....almost normal, lol. Isn't is lovely!!!

Dee

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Registered: 03-20-2003
In reply to: ksfarns
Thu, 07-12-2007 - 9:28pm

Welcome to the board.


I don't have any expertise with medications, but there are many on the board who do.

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Registered: 06-02-2004
In reply to: ksfarns
Sat, 07-07-2007 - 2:52pm

Hi and welcome to the group! I'm sure you'll find it very helpful. I don't have any experience with the meds, but it's something that I may have to consider for my youngest dd at some point. Her moods can sometimes rule our house too. We used to walk on eggshells all the time, but lately we have either just gotten so used to it that we don't notice or maybe the problem is a bit better. I'm not sure. Anyway, welcome to the group!

Amy~mom to Natalie (10 yrs.) and Lily (4.5 yrs, PDD-NOS, Sensenbrenner Syndrome)

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Registered: 06-25-2003
In reply to: ksfarns
Fri, 07-06-2007 - 10:52am

hello and welcome,


My children don't need meds right now, so I cannot nswer your questions. I did want to welcome you to the board and invite you to chime in on any topics and to post as many questions as you need.


-Paula

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Registered: 09-13-2006
In reply to: ksfarns
Fri, 07-06-2007 - 3:33am

Welcome!


My son is not on those particular meds, but he's on trileptal and abilify.